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Goldman’s Big Squeeze

December 10, 2010
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Goldman’s Big Squeeze

Sen. Carl Levin released some e-mails yesterday by Goldman Sachs boys showing how the firm tried to manipulate markets in the spring of 2007. The WSJ buried the story and mis-headlined it. (HT CJR) But Naked Capitalism has a better take on what seems to have happened. Wonk Warning: Naked Capitalism isn’t for beginners,...
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Polar Express 4D at the National Aquarium

December 7, 2010
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Childhood classic The Polar Express has seen many iterations in the last 25 years. It appeared in 1985 as a wonderfully illustrated book by Chris Van Allsburg, and won the 1986 Caldecott Medal for children’s literature. The pencil illustrations turned computer animated with the release of the 2004 movie and simultaneously jumped into 3D...
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Austan Goolsbee: When Wrong People Get Big Jobs

September 10, 2010
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Austan Goolsbee: When Wrong People Get Big Jobs

Why do we keep listening to/employing/promoting/paying ridiculous amounts of money to the people who get things mostly wrong?
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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces Artscape 2010 lineups (side note: WWSRBS?)

June 9, 2010
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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces Artscape 2010 lineups (side note: WWSRBS?)

Economic times are rough, people. In case you’ve forgotten, at the June 9 afternoon press conference announcing the various lineups for Artscape 2010, the blunt reality of the City of Baltimore’s financial situation–see: “We are faced in the city with the biggest budget crisis in modern history”–was repeatedly alluded to during the brief remarks...
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Under the Abacus Deals

April 22, 2010
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Wall Street Journal reporters examine the mortgages beneath the Abacus deals. Nice mix here of foreclosure stories, from a guy who got hit by a truck and a Romanian immigrant who got scammed by a predatory lender, to a woman in California’s Inland Empire who worked as a nursing-home assistant and also somehow allegedly...
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Call It Corruption

April 16, 2010
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The Wall Street Journal has a boffo take on corruption as a macroeconomic drag. The story is about Greece, but the methods are applicable worldwide, and in places like Baltimore. Leaning on forthcoming research from the Brookings Institution and reports from Transparency International, the story links Greece’s culture of corruption to its flagging tax...
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State Senate Threatens to Derail Red Line, Purple Line, and Corridor Cities Transitway

April 5, 2010
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State Senate Threatens to Derail Red Line, Purple Line, and Corridor Cities Transitway

That’s not the stated reasoning—that would be testing, again, the viability of a heavy-rail option for the much-needed east-west transit line—but that would be the probable outcome if the Senate gets its wish: a full restudy of the Red Line, Purple Line, and Corridor Cities Transitway, three public-transportation projects proposed in Maryland. The House...
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Mistaking the Transmission for an Engine

March 30, 2010
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The Times’ David Leonhardt had a long and thoughtful take on financial re-regulation Sunday, focusing mainly on the details and their larger implications. But he brushed past the real issue in a couple of places. Here’s the closest he gets: What may be more worrisome than the size of any individual bank is the...
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Mandated Health Insurance? How UnAmerican!

February 26, 2010
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Today I received the first of what I expect will be a million billion (more) e-mails focused on the tyranny of forcing people to buy health insurance. It came from Joe of Towanda, Pa. (he doesn’t want his name used here—”I know where you’re coming from,” he says). I have no idea why he...
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Catherine Pancake On the Impact of Black Diamonds, Her 2006 Film About Mountaintop Removal

February 23, 2010
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The devastation wrought by mountaintop-removal mining was brought into tight focus by Catherine Pancake of Baltimore (a native West Virginian), with the 2006 release of her documentary Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight for Coalfield Justice, to which CP devoted a cover story that year. The film went on to win numerous awards,...
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BPD: Just Stay Home

February 10, 2010
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This just in from the Baltimore Police Department: Don’t drive anywhere today. Not that you were planning to, right? Seriously, public transportation isn’t even running today. The city has also implemented “Phase III” of its snow-emergency plans, which means no vehicles on city roads, except for authorized emergency vehicles. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake is...
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More Apartments, Less Parking, but 1621 Bank St. Is Not to Be Demolished

February 3, 2010
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A $13 million mixed-use development in Upper Fells Point would not be financially viable without 38 percent more apartments, the developer says. And it will have less parking than required by zoning regulations, a situation City Councilman James Kraft (D-1st) pledged to oppose. “We basically won the right to redo this property right at...
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